Global City

CompanyLos Angeles Times
PhotographerMarcus Yam
Entry Description

In just a few generations, Seattle has grown from a pioneer settlement to the largest metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest. As the city named after Chief Sealth looks forward to its place on the world stage of technology and trade, it also looks to its past, considering which parts of its identity it is willing to sacrifice – if any – in order to become a truly global city. These are triple-exposures made in-camera to fuse together ideals, metaphors, past, present, and future in an appropriate format that illustrates themes of ambivalence, rapid change, growth, identity crisis, isolation, moxie and entrepreneurialism.

About Photographer

Marcus Yam is a curious and contemplative photographer. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he is culturally and socially uninhibited, guided and inspired by Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken." In 2006, he left a career in Aerospace Engineering to pursue a photographic life. The themes of his work revolve around the social issues and the dichotomies that shape the American experience: provincialism, marginalization, poverty, capitalism, immigration, citizenship, faith and contradictions. Marcus is currently a Visual Journalist for the Los Angeles Times. From 2010 to 2013, Marcus was based in New York and worked as a regular contributor to The New York Times. His most notable work includes his contributions to The Times's three-part multimedia series, "Punched Out: The Life and Death of a Hockey Enforcer," and "A Year At War," a Times series that included his feature short film, "The Home Front," which have earned him numerous accolades, including an Emmy Award, a World Press Photo multimedia grand prize, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, a Pictures of the Year International Multimedia Award and a DART Award for Trauma Coverage. His ideas and approach to photography are constantly evolving. But it’s the pursuit and relationships that makes it all worthwhile. Cameras aside, he enjoys funky dancing, listening to post-rock music, taking long walks, contemplating life in a Mobius strip and living a simple nomadic life.